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vi         THE CHURCH OF S. MARY PANACHRANTOS        127
the capital.1 Eventually he was restored to favour, and enjoyed the dignities of patrician, proconsul, commander of the foreign guard, and drungarius of the fleet.2 He fell in battle in the war of 917 between the Empire and the Bulgarians under Symeon.3
The monastery of Lips was restored In the reign of Leo the Wise ; the festival of the dedication of the church being celebrated in the year 908, in the month of June.4 The emperor honoured the occasion with his presence, and attended a banquet in the refectory of the monastery. But the happy proceedings had not gone far, when they were suddenly Interrupted by a furious south-west wind which burst upon the city and shook houses and churches with such violence that people feared to remain under cover and Imagined that the end of the world had come, until the storm was allayed by a heavy downpour of rain. As the south-west wind was named Lips3 It is not clear whether the historians who mention this Incident intend to explain thereby the origin of Constantine's surname, or simply point to a curious coincidence.
Near the church Lips erected also a xenodocheion for the reception of strangers.5 The monastery is mentioned by the Anonymus of the eleventh century,6 but does not appear again until the recovery of the Empire from the Latins in 1261. In the efforts then made to restore all things, It underwent repairs at the Instance of the Empress Theodora,7 the consort of Michael Palaeologus, and from that time acquired greater importance than it had previously enjoyed. Within its precincts, on the i6th of February 1304, a cold winter day, Theodora herself was laid to rest with great pomp, and amid the tears of the poor to whom she had been a good friend.8 There, two years Iater5 a splendid service was celebrated for the benefit of the soul of her son Constantine Porphyrogenitus,9 as some compensation
1 Theoph. Cont. p. 384.                  2  Const. Porphyr. ut supra.
3 Theoph. Cont. p. 389,                  4  Ibid, p, 371.
6  Banduri, iii. p. 52.                        6  Ut supra.
7  Niceph. Greg. i. p. 162.                8  Pachym. i. p. 378.
 Mid. p. 425.